He made a positive impression in his first start at Motherwell – now Hearts loanee Jordan Roberts wants to continue his good Steelmen start away to Hibs.
The Welshman arrived at Hearts in the summer but struggled to establish himself in the Championship side. ‘Well boss Graham Alexander moved to secure the former Ipswich Town man on loan until the end of the season on Deadline Day.
His first start came in the 0-0 draw with St Mirren on Wednesday that moved Motherwell five points clear of the Premiership relegation zone, looking to push on from the Buddies performance away to Hibs, who he triumphed over in the Scottish Cup semi-final with Hearts last year.
He said: “It was good to get a first start, I thought the lads were brilliant and unlucky not to get the win, but we will go on Saturday full of confidence. My last 90 minutes was the first game of the season for Hearts against Dundee.
“When you come into a new club you have to adapt as soon as possible because the manager will have his style of play and the lads will be used to how they are playing. For me it was about adapting as soon as possible and give the team something they might not have had or bring something that can help them push forward and move up in the league.
“Wherever I go I try to give my all for the club. I don’t want that feeling of looking back and wishing I had done more. Whenever you get the opportunity to move to a new place you have to make your mark and come with something fresh. It’s about giving your all, turning heads and leaving your mark.”
The Welshman says it was a last-minute move to Motherwell in the winter window, still under contract at Hearts until next summer. But with his current focus at Fir Park, the attacker isn’t thinking long-term.
Roberts said: “My aim is to finish the season strongly, try and contribute where I can and hopefully do well here and go into next season wherever I am. I am still in contract with Hearts in the summer but it’s about playing football and I will cross that bridge when I come to it.
“I know the connection between Hearts and Hibs but I am here now for Motherwell and my job is to do the best for them and try to get three points. It has been a difficult few months but that’s football, you need to expect anything, things change so quickly.
“It was a late move in the transfer window but as a player you have to be ready. You have to be realistic about things and look at the bigger picture. The squad was getting bigger at Hearts, so for me, I got opportunity to come here, and I want to finish the season strong.”
Alexander has been pleased with Roberts’ first start too, adding: “He has had to be patient but he has constantly worked in training and always been ready to play. I felt after last week we had to make some changes. We were delighted with the players who came in but also the response of the players who played previously.
“Jordan, considering he hadn’t played a lot of football recently, worked extremely hard and gave us a different approach. He was good, he fitted in straight away, he knew exactly what we wanted to do and looked like he had been in the team for a while.”
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